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England and Scotland Heritage

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11 Days from $1,595 per person
MAY - OCT 2021
Castle Hill, Edinburgh, Scotland

Countries Visited

United Kingdom ...more United Kingdom

Locations Visited

London, WINDSOR, Bath, Cheltenham, Chester, Liverpool, Lake District, Gretna Green, Glasgow, Glencoe, St Andrews, Edinburgh, York, Bradford, Stratford Upon Avon ...more London, WINDSOR, Bath, Cheltenham, Chester, Liverpool, Lake District, Gretna Green, Glasgow, Glencoe, St Andrews, Edinburgh, York, Bradford, Stratford Upon Avon
  1. Day 1 Arrive London (2 Nights)

    Begin and end your journey back in time on the busy streets of London. After check-in, you have the rest of the day to explore this multicultural city your way. March to the tune of God Save the Queen as you embrace all the pomp and pageantry of Britain's capital. Delve into London's royal heritage, stroll along the Thames or admire treasures from across the globe in one of its museums before retiring to your neighbourhood 'local' for a pint or two.

    hotel Hilton Olympia
  2. Day 2 London free day

    What a treat! A full free day to explore all the surprises London has to offer in preparation for your epic adventure across England and Scotland. There's no shortage of places to go and people to see as you pound the pavements in search of the very best of Britain, from bacon butties to builder's tea, royal palaces to cathedrals, the London Underground to the mesmerising world of monuments and museums that lies above.

    meals Breakfast
  3. Day 3 London – Windsor – Bath – Cheltenham (1 Night)

    This morning, meet your Travel Director and travel companions. The British capital won't keep you from your exploration of the island's colourful history. This morning you'll travel east for a memorable encounter with royalty and the Roman Empire. Start the day with a visit to Windsor, home to the oldest- and largest-inhabited castle in the world, then continue to UNESCO-listed Bath. You'll want to sink your toes into the milky warm waters of its Roman Baths, as you imagine a time, centuries ago, when this ancient bath complex stood at the centre of the city's social life. Its steaming spring water once brought wellness and relaxation to well-heeled patrons. View the city's beautiful Georgian façades before continuing to Cheltenham for your overnight stay.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Holiday Inn Express City Centre
  4. Day 4 Cheltenham – Chester – Liverpool (1 Night)

    The Romans left their magic touch on the pretty town of Chester. You'll view the city walls that they built in the first century to defend their fortress and the black and white half-timbered buildings, famously known as 'The Rows'. Take some time to explore Chester your way or join an Optional Experience to Llangollen in North Wales. Home of the international Eisteddfod, Llangollen has a tiny population but punches well above its weight when it comes to serene scenery and an array of cafés, bars and restaurants. Our home for the night is the haunt of the 'Fab Four', with an evening at leisure to explore Liverpool's legendary nightlife.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Ibis Albert Dock
  5. Day 5 Liverpool – Lake District – Gretna Green – Glasgow (1 Night)

    Settle in for a scenic drive north to the Lake District. Here you'll see first-hand why the rugged and untamed beauty of the Lake District inspired William Wordsworth to wander 'lonely as a cloud' in his acclaimed piece of poetry, 'Daffodils'. There's no better way to embrace the area's heritage than chugging along between Haverthwaite and Lakeside in an old-world steam train before joining an optional cruise on Lake Windermere. Crossing the Scottish border, you'll stop at Gretna Green, where eloping couples would exchange their vows over the Blacksmith's anvil and be bound to each other forever. Resist the urge to tie the knot yourself and continue to the bold city of Glasgow, where you'll have an opportunity to join an Optional Experience for a night on the toon.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Ibis City Centre
  6. Day 6 Glasgow – Scottish Highlands (1 Night)

    Kickstart your day with an introduction to Glasgow's industrial past and modern revival that have given the city its characteristic gallus strut. Channel your inner Highlander next, embarking on a journey north to the banks of Loch Lomond, where a cruise to Rob Roy's cave could be on the cards should you choose to join this Optional Experience. Later, the breathtakingly beautiful scenery of Glencoe, 'Glen of Weeping', will stir all your emotions - not least as you remember the brave clansmen who fought relentlessly for their beliefs. Local shepherd Neil and his enthusiastic border collies are ready to welcome guests on their Highland sheep farm for an Optional Experience this afternoon. You can perfect your sheep shearing skills before settling into your Highland hotel.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Laggan
  7. Day 7 Scottish Highlands – St. Andrews – Edinburgh (Airth) (2 Nights)

    Robert Burns once wrote of his beloved hills of the Highlands. Your scenic drive through its mystical landscapes will leave you similarly inspired as you venture to picturesque Pitlochry on the banks of the Tummel. There's time to explore this salmon fishing centre on your own or join an Optional Experience to Blair Castle, home of the Duke of Atholl and Europe's last remaining private army. The fairways and greens of St. Andrews, the birthplace of golf, beckon and you'll have an opportunity to snap a selfie against the backdrop of the famous 18th green.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Airth Castle
  8. Day 8 Edinburgh sightseeing and free time

    Tuck into a hearty Scottish breakfast with tattie scones and all the trimmings. Today you'll need some extra sustenance as there's much to see and do in Scotland's hilly capital. The Georgian New Town, Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Royal Mile and Edinburgh Castle all wait to be viewed in the company of your Local Specialist, so grab your camera and prepare for a memorable sightseeing tour revealing all the highlights of Auld Reekie. You'll have plenty of time to explore on your own or consider joining an Optional Experience to the Royal Yacht Britannia or an in-depth tour of Edinburgh Castle.

    meals Breakfast
  9. Day 9 Edinburgh (Airth) – York – Bradford (1 Night)

    Cheerio the nou and wave goodbye to Scotland. It's time to venture south on your return journey through England to London, but not before you come face-to-face with Hadrian's first-century attempt to keep the 'barbarians' out of his Roman Empire. You'll not see an ancient Roman wall like it anywhere else on earth. Continue to the walled city of York, where an orientation tour will guide you through its narrow medieval streets to the 13th-century Gothic cathedral, York Minster, which dominates the city. You'll have some time to admire the structure's beautiful stained glass before an evening on your own, although York's alluring history may keep you on the edge of your seat. Delve into its tales of pirates, Romans, roses and ghosts. It's the stuff great books are made of.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Jurys Inn
  10. Day 10 Bradford – Stratford-upon-Avon – London (1 Night)

    This morning, we visit Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of the famous bard, William Shakespeare, who became England's most beloved playwright. It's time for one last group picture as you say a fond farewell to your Travel Director and new friends as you return to London.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Hilton Olympia
  11. Day 11 Depart London

    It's time to close the curtain on your epic adventure across England and Scotland. You'll say cheerio to new friends as you prepare for your return journey home. A London Heathrow airport shuttle service is available to purchase.

    meals Breakfast
England and Scotland Heritage
Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 10 Breakfasts
  • 2 Three-course dinners

First class travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach
  • The services of a Local Host at your London hotel
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Variety of Optional Experiences
  • City orientation tours
  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes
  • London airport transfers are available to purchase. Conditions apply. See airport transfer page.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Bath Visit the Georgian spa town
  • Chester View the Tudor architecture and the half-timbered buildings known as the 'Rows'
  • Edinburgh Sightseeing with your Local Specialist includes the famous Princes Street, the Royal Mile and views of the new Parliament Building as well as the Castle
  • Fort William See the Commando Memorial and Britain's highest mountain Ben Nevis and enjoy a scenic drive through Glencoe, the infamous 'Glen of Weeping'
  • Glasgow View Glasgow Cathedral and George Square on your orientation tour of Glasgow
  • Gretna Green See the Blacksmith's shop, a wedding venue since 1754 where eloping couples would exchange their vows over the anvil
  • Hadrian’s Wall View the remains of the Roman wall
  • Lake District Visit this picturesque region
  • Loch Lomond See the freshwater lake with the largest surface area in Britain
  • St. Andrews View the 18th green on St. Andrews Old Course
  • Stratford-upon-Avon Visit the town of Shakespeare's birth and see Anne Hathaway's cottage
  • Windsor View the castle
  • York View York Minster and stroll along the Shambles. See the city walls

Dates & Prices

Prices shown are per person based on two people sharing a twin room. To request a personalized travel quote, click "Request Quote" and a Travel Specialist will send your custom quote including airfare if requested.

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Optional Add-Ons

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.


North Wales Excursion

Our excursion to Wales takes us to Llangollen, the home of the International Music Eisteddfod. Here you’ll see wonderful sights including the River Dee and the Victorian railway station. You’ll also travel through the Valley of the Cross and up to the Horseshoe Pass, to enjoy views of the Welsh hills.
Adult Price: £14


Famous Sights and the Fab Four

Come along with our Local Specialist for a guided tour of Liverpool. From its glorious maritime past to its famous cultural present, you’ll discover the two magnificently different cathedrals, see Mathew Street, birthplace of The Beatles, and admire the Mersey Sound.
Adult Price: £19


Private Cruise On Lake Windermere

Enjoy an exclusive cruise on a private boat on England's most beautiful and largest lake, taking in the northern coastline, beautiful houses, gardens and Wray Castle. You’ll see deserted islands, boats and birdlife as you explore the area loved by Beatrix Potter and William Wordsworth.
Adult Price: £18

Windermere Cruise And Steam Train Ride

A chance to view the glorious scenery of the Lake District as we cruise across England’s largest lake. Then step back in time as we board the steam train for a short journey from Lakeside to Haverthwaite. Occasionally this experience will be operated in reverse.
Adult Price: £22


Glasgow City Evening

You'll enjoy a chance to experience a night out in the city of Glasgow. Your Travel Director will take you for an evening of good food, a drink, and undoubtedly interesting conversation.
Adult Price: £37

Loch Lomond

Loch Lomond Boat Trip

Discover the wild beauty of the 'Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond.' As we cruise across the loch, the skipper will share stories of the area and point out Rob Roy's cave as you relax and savor the stunning scenery.
Adult Price: £15

Scottish Highlands

Highland Farm Experience

Visit a real Highland sheep farm and meet Neil the Shepherd and his border collies. He’ll show you how he uses different whistles to command each dog to carry out different tasks. You’ll also have the opportunity to try your hand at feeding the lambs and discover his training techniques. Weather permitting.
Adult Price: £15

Pitlochry. Visit Of Blair Castle

Set in its own grounds against a backdrop of glorious scenery, we'll discover the ancient home of the Dukes of Atholl, home to Europe's last remaining private army. Unique amongst Scottish castles, Blair has hosted royalty from Mary Queen of Scots to Queen Victoria.
Adult Price: £20


Dinner And Drive To Historic Torphichen

Enjoy a scenic drive to the ancient village of Torphichen, associated with Scottish kings and Knights Templar. At the Torphichen Inn, your arrival will be toasted by our gracious host before enjoying an excellent dinner of local specialties and entertainment.
Adult Price: £48

Scottish Show With Dinner

Tonight is your chance to put on that tartan and join us for an evening of singing, dancing and bagpipe playing at an internationally famous venue. You’ll enjoy delicious food and wine, join in the singing and watch a Highland dance or two. There's even a chance to sample Scotland’s national dish – haggis.
Adult Price: £62

Edinburgh Castle Experience

Dominating the skyline of the city, Edinburgh Castle has been on Castle Rock in one form or another since the 12th century. With our Local Specialist, we'll pay a visit to visit the castle, a royal residence until 1633 which is famous for being the most besieged place in Great Britain and one of the most attacked in the world. Historians have identified 26 sieges in its 1,100-year-old history. We’ll also see the Scottish regalia, known as the Honours of Scotland and the National War Museum of Scotland.
Adult Price: £25

Royal Yacht Britannia

You’ll explore this magnificent ship, which has played host to some of the most famous people in the world. Now berthed in Leith, you’ll be welcomed on board to discover the heart and soul of this most special of royal residences – the former honeymoon sanctuary for four royal couples.
Adult Price: £23

Whisky Tasting with a Pub Lunch

Scottish whisky and the Capital go hand and hand, as you’d expect from the sheer number of bars and shops dedicated to Scotland’s national drink. Join a whisky tasting, where we'll learn all about the story of whisky and enjoy multiple options for drams. Then we'll enjoy lunch in a local pub.
Adult Price: € 65

Independent Reviews
Trusted Customer
Thursday, June 27, 2019
Booking was easy on the website. The vacation itself was not s described or expected.
Time spent on the bus was 8-10 hours daily, with only 45 minutes to a few hours at a chosen location daily. We went through 3 buses due to breakdowns. This required waiting over 5 hours during the trip for replacement buses. Why bother going to Liverpool and Glasgow when you arrive at 7:00 PM and leave at 8:00 AM? Anything worth seeing was closed - what was the point? The "tour" of both places consisted of the Tour Director talking as we sat in rush hour traffic. Half of the hotels were substandard and located in sketchy neighborhoods. I will NEVER travel with Trafalgar again.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We appreciate your feedback and while every destination and tour are unique, it is our hopes that each of our guests come home with happy memories. We will be sharing your comments with the Trafalgar team and deeply apologize for the bus breakdowns which caused so much disruption for your group.
Thursday, June 27, 2019
Jane Fileccia
Thursday, September 13, 2018
This tour, of England and Scotland, was perfectly run. The Trafalgar tour guide, Jim Michell, was excellent in every aspect. The tour offered a wide variety of experiences. Leading up to the trip, Randy Fay, was terrific answering my questions and making me feel like I was part of a very special team. This was the experience of a lifetime.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are so happy to have been a part of your trip of a lifetime! Thank you so much for choosing us, for being a part of our travel family, and for sharing your experience. It's always wonderful to know that our guests have an amazing time on their vacations, we couldn't ask for more.
Friday, September 14, 2018
Great value for the money.
Susan Fitzgerald
Thursday, July 19, 2018
Jacqueline our tour guide was excellent which just enhanced the experience. The tour seemed to really hit the highlights of the countries we visited.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We're so pleased to hear you had a great trip and that you enjoyed so many highlights of England and Scotland.
Thursday, July 19, 2018
We had a short period of time to tour three countries that we have never been to before. It was very helpful that GET tours knew the best places to visit to make the most of our time.
Deedra Miller
Thursday, April 26, 2018
prices were fair , travel representative, Alyssa was always prompt to answer all questions. Everything very well organized. My husband and I enjoyed our England Scotland tour very much.
Quite a few meals included and most of the hotel rooms were very nice
Rebecca Petersen
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
What a great trip. Everything went well. Our tour guide was good, bus driver did amazing. People on the bus were fun.Hotels were good. I would will recommend Grand European Travel's to everyone.
It was a great price excursions were well planed.
Shannon Tomkie
Thursday, October 19, 2017
Our agent was helpful and kept us informed. All contact was by phone or email.
The cost saver trip with Trafalgar was not as good as I had hoped it would be. The hotels were very average. The trip was a lot of travel and not much time to actually enjoy the cities we came to see
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are sorry that you were disappointed with your trip and appreciate your honest review.
Friday, October 20, 2017
Michael Lilley
Friday, September 22, 2017
Everything about the trip was as advertised. All side exceptions were great with excellent explanations of the areas visited. Active but not overwhelming. We will book again through Grand European.
Looking forward to another trip through Grand European.
Jennifer Weston
Thursday, September 21, 2017
This was such a great trip. So much history and beautiful countryside on one trip. We had a fantastic tour guide her name was Anja. She was so accommodating and kind. Would definitely recommend this tour!
This was such a great trip. So much history and beautiful countryside on one trip. We had a fantastic tour guide her name was Anja. She was so accommodating and kind. Would definitely recommend this tour!
Carolyn Mapes
Thursday, September 14, 2017
I was most impressed with online responses to any questions I had and there were some. Everyone I spoke to was great! The tour was well planned to keep us busy yet let us have free time. Our guide was really informative, polite and very patient. The diversity of travelers allowed me to find out about other cultures.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you so much for your kind words.  We are very happy to see that you enjoyed your trip and we hope to see you again very soon.
Sunday, September 17, 2017
I have to admit that shopping is not my thing. I did however enjoy eating in restaurants of my choice. The shopping areas were nice. I did look around every time we had the opportunity but did not purchase gifts. Needless to say, most other people did.
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